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 Quote by mheslep I can't speak to the flow of technology from the X Prize. I worked on a team for DARPA's successful autonomous vehicle Mojave desert contest (~80 miles)....Thus a fairly large push has come about in the robo world, DARPA's goal, all at the cost of couple $2-3 million for DARPA. I think this was the smartest thing DARPA has done in decades. Compared to the old way of just paying General Dynamics a couple of$Bn for some secret project that never sees daylight.
Even including the 10x as much spent by the universities and sponsors the RoI is incredible.